Tuesday, April 29, 2008

One Single Impression

"Almost everyone is as full of words waiting to sing as a forest is full of birds before sunrise." ~~Harry Behn

This weeks prompt over at One Single Impression is 'flowering'. Along with the word is a lovely picture of a flowering fruit tree. So head over and read some of the incredible haikus, and write one yourself. A great way to practice writing poetry...

Spreading their petals
To embrace the hope to come
Summer fruit follows

Monday, April 28, 2008

15 Words Or Less

Poetry is a packsack of invisible keepsakes. ~Carl Sandburg

I know it's late for Laura Salas' 15 Words or Less, but better late than never. Feel free to join her weekly in writing a short poem based on a photo she publishes on her blog. It's fun and a great way to practice writing poetry.

Here's mine for the week of April 24th...

Parasol protection

from pressing sunbeams

prohibited from piercing

Onto my pale pallor.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

A Time Out

I'm sorry I won't be able to post for a while as my husband had a severe stroke this morning and we're not sure of the prognosis.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Weekend Wordsmith

"Never throw up on an editor." ~Ellen Datlow

The Weekend Wordsmith prompt is 'what's on the menu?' And I have chosen to do an acrostic. Not a very appetizing one !


Head cheese and

Artichoke with a

Tunafish milkshake

Sprinkled with sauerkraut

Octopus legs

Not attached, of course.

Tarantula roasted over

Hot ashes -- and for dessert

Earthworms and

Maggots, raw or fried


Now, and please don't



Friday, April 4, 2008

National Poetry Month

"Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history." ~Plato, Ion

A Lanturne is a five-line verse shaped like a Japanese lantern with a syllabic pattern of one, two, three, four, one.

My poem-a-day lanturne:

for the
curves along
the highway of

National Poetry Month

"You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you." ~Joseph Joubert

My poem-a-day for National Poetry Month.

A Lanturne is a five-line verse shaped like a Japanese lantern with a syllabic pattern of one, two, three, four, one.

like diamonds
waiting for spring

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Poetry Friday

"Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth." - -- Samuel Johnson

This week I have been reading a number of older children's poetry books. One of them I have picked up is Til All The Stars Have Fallen, Canadian Poems for Children, selected by David Booth and illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton. It is filled with many wonderful poems by Canadian poets; some funny, some serious, some spirited, some rhyming, some non-rhyming.

Many of the poems show Canada's varied landscape, weather, people, and nature. The artwork is varied, from soft watercolours to bold paintings that capture the essence of each poem.

I have picked out two I liked:

This I know

The light of day
cannot stay.
The fading sun
will not come
to anybody's calling.

The cold moon light
Is clear and white.
She will not go,
this I know,
til all the stars have fallen.

~Anne Corkett

The sky is falling

It's cool under the August
apple tree
and fun
lying on my back looking
at the sky
shaped into blue chunks
between leaves
between fingers
between eyelashes.
You can see a lot
everything but the apple
that hits your nose
and then nothing but

~Diane Dawber

Becky's Book Reviews is hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup!

15 Words Or Less

"Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life." ~William Hazlitt

Go check out Laura Salas' blog for the pciture prompt to write a poem in 15 words or less. It's fun!

Her picture this week is a robin sitting on a spring snow covered branch. Here's my attempt for this week...

must be
in this maze.

Daily Lanturne

"Freedom is poetry, taking liberties with words, breaking the rules of normal speech, violating common sense."- Norman O. Brown

Today's lanturne and my contribution to a poem-a-day for National Poetry Month...

reach for the
sky. Canvas of

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Three Word Wednesday

Poetry is what gets lost in translation. ~Robert Frost

Go and check out Three Word Wednesday for a prompt. Lots of fun stuff to read. The three words for this week are: parallel, bounce, mysterious.

The first thoughts that came to mind when I read the three words were parallel universe and a mysterious bouncing ball, but then I looked out the window and wished I could play some outdoor tennis, but alas there is still way too much snow here! Anyway, that's when I changed my train of thought for this week's poem. Tennis

swing and miss
ball takes mysterious bounce
between parallel lines

National Poetry Month-Day 2

"Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash." ~Leonard Cohen

I will be posting a poem-a-day for National Poetry Month. It will be in the form of a lanturne. A Lanturne is a five-line verse shaped like a Japanese lantern with a syllabic pattern of one, two, three, four, one.

Miss your
smile and touch.
Wish you were here.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

National Poetry Month 2008

"Poetry Refreshes The World" ~title of Book One from Pass The Poetry, Please! by Lee Bennett Hopkins

The month of April is National Poetry Month and beginning today I will do my best and committ to writing a poem-a-day. I plan to write a daily Laturne. A Laturne is a five-line verse shaped like a Japanese lantern with a syllabic pattern of one, two, three, four, one.

In the heart
Find blank space to
If you go visit A Wrung Sponge you can see what's going on for the month. Also over at ReadWritePoem there is a master list if you take on the challenge of writing a poem-a-day. To join in let them know what you are doing.
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Happy National Poetry Month!

One Single Impression

"Poetry is where every line comes to rest against a white space." ~John Ciardi

This weeks prompt over at One Single Impression is 'laughter', such a wonderful word and feeling to write about. So head over and read some of the incredible haikus and other forms of poetry, as this is the first day of National Poetry Month.

Here are two of my laughter poems:

sometimes laughter hides
the pain and the loss inside
life force explosion


muscles tighten
face blossoms--teeth glisten
new laughter lines